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May 2021 Visa Bulletin

May 2021 Visa Bulletin

May Visa Bulletin Available U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently released the May 2021 Visa Bulletin. Understanding the Visa Backlogs There are a limited number of employment-based immigrant visas (“green cards”) available e… Read More
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Public Charge Final Rule…

Public Charge Final Rule Vacated

On March 9, 2021, the Department of Justice successfully moved courts to dismiss all pending appeals that defended the August 2019 Public Charge Final Rule. This was consistent with Executive Order 14012, which directed review of the rule. As a resul… Read More
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April 2021 Visa Bulletin

April 2021 Visa Bulletin

April Visa Bulletin Available U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently released the April 2021 Visa Bulletin. Understanding the Visa Backlogs There are a limited number of employment-based immigrant visas (“green cards”) availab… Read More
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USCIS Reverts to 2008 Nat…

USCIS Reverts to 2008 Naturalization Civics Test

In November 2020, USCIS revised its policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual regarding the requirements for the naturalization civics test. In December, updated requirements were implemented. USCIS announced that it is reverting to the 2008 version… Read More
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Biometrics Appointment Sc…

Biometrics Appointment Scheduling Delays

Applicants for various immigration benefits including employment authorization documents (EADs), advance parole (AP), adjustment of status, and naturalization are required to appear at an in-person appointment at an Application Support Center (ASC) t… Read More
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USCIS to Replace Sticker That Extends Validity of Green Cards

USCIS announced that starting this month, January 2021, it will replace the sticker that is currently issued to lawful permanent residents (LPRs) to extend the validity of their Permanent Resident Cards (PRCs). The sticker will be replaced with a rev… Read More
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January 2021 Visa Bulleti…

January 2021 Visa Bulletin

January Visa Bulletin Available U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently released the January 2021 Visa Bulletin. Understanding the Visa Backlogs There are a limited number of employment-based immigrant visas (“green cards”) ava… Read More
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December 2020 Visa Bullet…

December 2020 Visa Bulletin

December Visa Bulletin Available U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently released the December 2020 Visa Bulletin. Understanding the Visa Backlogs There are a limited number of employment-based immigrant visas (“green cards”) a… Read More
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Updates to Educational Re…

Updates to Educational Requirements for Naturalization

USCIS recently updated its policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual regarding the educational requirements for naturalization. The educational requirements include knowledge and understanding of the English language and of the history and governmen… Read More
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What is a USCIS Receipt N…

What is a USCIS Receipt Number?

What is a Receipt Number? USCIS receipt numbers are unique, 13-character identifiers that distinguish and track cases. A receipt number can be used to verify the status of a case. They also allow recipients to track their cases online or over the pho… Read More
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